Getting tested

Test centres (people without symptoms)

Updated 9 April 2021

Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who do not have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. More about rapid tests and other ways to get tests.

Test centres are available across Essex. You need to book an appointment first.

Book online:

(This link will take you to our partner site, run by Commisceo/NHS)
Book a test



Call 0333 772 6144
Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday.

Test centres

Find your nearest test centre on the NHS map.

If your test result is positive

If your LFD was an assisted test, you must self-isolate immediately. You could be fined if you do not do this. You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to self-isolate.

You should also take a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible. If you fail to take one within the next 2 days, you and your contacts may need to isolate for the full 10 days whatever the follow-up result.

Whilst waiting for your follow-up PCR test result you and your household members should follow this guidance.

If you take the PCR test within 2 days of the LFD and receive a negative result, you and your household can stop self-isolating. However, you and your household must continue to self-isolate if:

  • this PCR test result is positive
  • you choose not to take a follow-up PCR test
  • you receive a negative PCR test result but the test was taken more than 2 days after the LFD

It is important to book your follow-up PCR test as soon as you can following your positive LFD result.

Find out what you must do and how to get support if you are self isolating.

If your test result is negative

You must remember to continue to follow guidance on social distancing, keep 2m from other people, and remember – Hands Face Space.
If, at any time, you have coronavirus symptoms please refer to NHS guidance .

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